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Multisite used for multiple customers / clients / projects? (5 posts)

  1. baronne
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Hi,
    Would you suggest using multisite in a business scenario where you design websites for customers/clients and you manage them all centrally - or would this be better suited to a network of sites similarly connected for example like Gawker or Envato networks?

    I've got a few of my own pet projects as well as a few clients and just trying to work out if I should build a network for clients and a network for all my pet projects...

    Thanks,
    Baronne

  2. Rod Whiteley
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    The term "network" in WordPress is misleading. The sites created by a multisite installation are not interconnected, so they are not a network in any real sense. If you want them to be interconnected, you have to supply the interconnections yourself.

    I run a small number of independent sites as a single multisite installation. I'm not sure that multisite is much of an advantage. Upgrading WordPress is a bit easier, but managing plugins and themes is a bit harder.

    I don't see any point in having two separate multisites, one for clients and one for pet projects.

  3. baronne
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    Thanks Rod,
    I guess the thinking behind having two is my own personal one including pet projects is where I am likely to be tinkering the most and if I break something at least it's isolated from my customers sites.

    I imagine there will some complexities when using multisites pointing/mapping domains and where SSL comes in as well?

    Thoughts?

  4. jkhongusc
    Member
    Posted 10 months ago #

    > I imagine there will some complexities when using multisites pointing/mapping domains and where SSL comes in as well?

    This is a problem if you have multiple subdomains. You can only have one (wildcard) cert per domain. For example, you would need different certs for these domains:
    *.subdomain1.com
    *.subdomain2.com
    You could have a single WP serve both domains, but there would be a lot of complexity of setting this up.

    If your WP instance only serves one domain, then it is easy to setup and manage =)

  5. Keep in mind - If you ever want to MOVE your clients away, it's a pain on Multisite.

    I would not use it for clients, personally, save in logical groupings (like all sites for ONE client).

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